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Gastric Balloon

Cost of a gastric balloon surgery

USA AUD9024.00
UK AUD6380.00
UAE AUD4833.00
Mexico AUD4179.00
Australia AUD4150.00
Turkey AUD3877.00
* Prices start from and are subject to change

Gastric Balloon

Bariatric

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon is a soft silicone balloon that is surgically inserted into your stomach. The balloon is then inflated with air, or saline solution, taking up some of the space in your stomach. This serves to limit food intake, helping you to lose weight.

The procedure is a short-term weight loss treatment and provides an alternative to invasive weight loss procedures. This procedure is only a temporary measure, and the balloon is usually removed after 6-months. The balloon is removed in the same way it was inserted.

This procedure is not recommended for patients who are within the healthy BMI range.

What happens during the surgery?

You will have an initial consultation with your surgeon to discuss the suitability of the procedure, to communicate your desired goal, discuss options, and discuss the details of the procedure. Your surgeon will usually request for you to undergo some tests to determine your suitability for the procedure. Your surgeon may also require you to follow a diet and activity plan, abstain from smoking and being around second hand smoke (if applicable), and discontinuing certain medications (if applicable). Once all of the details are agreed upon and confirmed, a date for the procedure is set.

Prior to the procedure, a general anaesthetic is usually administered. There are generally two techniques in a gastric bypass procedure – the open surgery technique, or the laparoscopic technique. In the open surgery technique, a large incision, usually 8-10cm long is made into the abdomen to expose the surgical area to enable the surgeon to re-adjust the size of your stomach so that only a small part of the stomach functions. This smaller stomach pouch is significantly smaller in size and is connected directly to the middle portion of your small intestine, bypassing the rest of your stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. In the laparoscopic technique, a technique which most surgeons utilize, a surgical telescope is inserted through several small incisions, guided by a camera and has surgical instruments attached to perform the procedure. Many patients prefer the laparoscopic technique as it is less invasive than open surgery and has a quicker recovery period.

The procedure usually takes approximately 2-4 hours. If the laparoscopic technique is used for the procedure, most patients are discharged from the hospital after 2-3 days post-procedure. However, you can expect a longer stay in the hospital if the open surgery technique is used.

Post-procedure, you will only be able to consume liquids for the first day or two. You will usually be able to slowly introduce solid foods after the second day. It is common to experience some pain, discomfort, and nausea. Your surgeon would usually prescribe you with a special diet plan post-procedure. You should be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks post-procedure so long as it does not involve any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. You should be fully recovered within 4-weeks post-procedure, and showing signs of weight loss.

How do I find the right surgeon?

The best way is to speak to a few surgeons and find out which surgeon you are most comfortable with. At Holiday Health, we can connect you to reputable and reliable surgeons. We strongly suggest you take into consideration that the surgeon you choose:

  • is reputable and trustworthy;
  • has a proven track record;
  • is registered with or accredited by their local government or the governing medical body or association;
  • has never been disqualified from practising anywhere in the world;
  • has never been found guilty of endangering a patient’s life; and
  • has never been found guilty of malpractice.

You should also include any preferences you might have. For example, you might be more comfortable with a female surgeon, or someone who has more experience.

 

Important 

Before your procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve with your surgeon. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. Ensure you communicate your vision clearly to your surgeon and re-confirm the intended procedure to ensure there is no miscommunication. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure, and what long-term benefits and side-effects you may experience. Every patient is different, and your specialist will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and which vitamins and medications should be taken or avoided.

Please note. The information found on this website is purely for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon for its exactness or for its accuracy for your specific situation and/or for your specific procedure. The information provided is not a substitute for advice from your physician / surgeon as it may not contain all the known facts, risks and side effects of this procedure. Please consult with your physician / surgeon about your personal circumstances and about your personal procedure / treatment plan. We take no responsibility for any misinformation, inaccuracies, or for any loss or damage suffered by you in relation to the services we provide to you, or the information provided on our website.

Healthcare providers

Acibadem Adana Hospital Adana, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The radiation oncology department operates as a benchmark center for the Adana and Çukurova
  • 3km from Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Acibadem Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and technology
  • 43km from Esenboğa International Airport
Acibadem Atakent University Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has a strong focus on cardiology, nuclear medicine, and oncology
  • 11km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bakırköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has highly experienced staff in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, pediatric cardiology, and brain surgery
  • 8km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bodrum Hospital Bodrum, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Experienced cardiology team
  • 44km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
Acibadem Bursa Hospital Bursa, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • One of the most advanced Oncology and Radiotherapy Center in Bursa, Turkey
  • 129km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Eskişehir Hospital Eskişehir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Strong focus on cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics and pediatrics
  • 119km from Zafer Airport
Acibadem Fulya Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in sports medicine, orthopaedics, physical therapy and traumatology
  • 22km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem International Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A world-class leading hospital renowned with foreign patients
  • 7km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kadıköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in IVF and risky pregnancies
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The Cancer reference center for the Central Anatolian Region in Turkey
  • 6km from Erkilet International Airport
Acibadem Kocaeli Hospital Izmit, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for childbirth in the Kocaeli and Gebze region of Turkey
  • 69km from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in neurological science and oncology
  • 32km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for cancer treatment
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Taksim Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Fully fledged hospital serving in all branches of medicine
  • 20km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Equipped with a neonatal intensive care unit and a phototherapy facility for its little patients
  • 7km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Home to the first Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion in Malaysia
  • 10km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Specializes in Cardiology, Gyneacology and Obstetrics, and Orthopaedics.
  • 18km from Johor Bahru city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • First private hospital in Penang
  • 2km from George Town, Penang city centre
Medstar Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in cancer treatment – Medstar Chemotherapy and Arts Center
  • 9km from Antalya Airport
Medstar Topçular Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • A multidisciplinary hospital specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Urology
  • 11km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Has the most advanced medical technology in Turkey
  • 35km from Ankara Esenboga Airport
Memorial Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in IVF, bariatric surgery, hair transplant and plastic surgery
  • 13km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ataşehir Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Is a multidisciplinary hospital
  • 37km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Memorial Dicle Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 5km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 7km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • The hospital’s Kayseri IVF center serves as a reference center for IVF globally
  • 5km from Kayseri Erkilet Airport
Memorial Şişli Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Prestigious reputation in cardiology, organ transplantation, IVF and genetics
  • 23km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Normah Medical Specialist Centre Kuching, Malaysia

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  • The first private hospital in Borneo to be granted the prestigious JCI accreditation
  • Operates as a not-for-profit organization
  • 16km from Kuching International Airport
Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh Melaka, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Has a team of surgeons, radiotherapists, specialty nurses and counsellors that can provide a holistic care environment for patients
  • 9km from Melacca city centre
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • The hospital has a specialist Cancer Institute, Breast Care Centre, Eye Centre, Hand and Upper Limb Centre, Spine and Joint Centre, and Heart Centre
  • 8km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Pantai Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Has a specialist centre for the treatment of stroke
  • 5km from Penang International Airport
Raffles Hospital Singapore, Singapore

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  • Part of the Raffles Medical Group
  • Practise high standards in patient care
  • 19km from Singapore Changi Airport

FAQs

 The price of a gastric balloon procedure varies. With the health care providers we work with, the price starts from AUD$3,877.

The amount of weight you lose will depend on your lifestyle changes as the balloon is designed to help you lose weight in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The gastric balloon procedure is only performed on patients who have a BMI of at least 27 or higher. Be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages in thorough with your surgeon in order for you to make a concrete decision on whether this procedure suits you and your requirements.

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Deflation of the balloon

There may be other potential risks involved when undergoing a gastric balloon procedure. Please discuss them further with your surgeon.

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